BCHS players to apply ‘Blackcat Way’ everywhere

Sentinel photo/Mike Reddell
Head Blackcat Football Coach Lupe Florez works with players on the first day of two-a-day training.

   “The Blackcat Way” is the motto for the 2015 Bay City High School football season and to Head Coach Lupe Florez that carries way more significance than a simple phrase. 
   After 10 years of not having good Blackcat teams, Florez told players and their parents last week, some negatives surface. 
   “But that’s not the Blackcat Way!” he stressed during the “Meet the Coaches” session last Thursday, July 30. 
   The coach said that he and his staff had researched the football archives for BCHS and Hilliard High School records.  
   They found that both schools have a combined five state football championships. 
   “Bay City is one of the most storied teams in Texas” since the early 1900s, Florez reminded players and parents alike. 
   “We’re going to play and act ‘The Blackcat Way.’” 
   The Blackcats began two-a-day workouts Monday – the beginning of the new season. 
   Early in the afternoon at the start of the day’s second session, Florez gathered his players and coaches together.  
   He told the Blackcats that their tardiness in gathering for the afternoon workout put them 27 minutes behind schedule.  
   The head coach made that into a teachable moment about the importance of punctuality and another part of the discipline he demands in the players working as a team. 
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